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January 23, 2006

Why buying cars sucks

Just for fun, I sat down this morning to price out a Nissan Xterra. I won't be buying unless I win the lottery tomorrow or something, but it's always nice to get a feel for what's out there.

Even if it always dredges up the spite I hold for the stupid decisions automakers make to force you into spending more money.

In Nissan's case, they offer an optional cabin air filter for $60. This is not a bad idea in an off-road vehicle, and one I've often wished my Jeep had.

But you can't buy that option by itself, oh no. You also have to purchase the $300 Sirius satellite radio option, though you can substitute XM if you prefer. So to get a $60 optional cabin filter installed by the factory, you have to buy $360 worth of add-ons.

This kind of bundling isn't nearly as annoying when the products are somehow related. Like, say, "Cabin air filter requires purchase of advanced air conditioning system." But to require satellite radio to get an air filter? That's just stupid on paper.

Posted by Colin at January 23, 2006 10:51 AM

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